February 2014

Keeping Time with the Tempo of Your Story

How many times have you had to adjust a scene to fit the pace of your manuscript? It’s happened to me more often than I care to confess. I get so enthusiastic about jumping to the climax and forget that each individual scene plays an important role in moving the story along.

Part of it is timing. Too slow and you might get distracted. Too fast and you might get overwhelmed. The scenes in a story should work in sync like a well-oiled machine, especially in a novella where space is not infinite.

Microsoft is not Last in Accessibility

Apple was something of a phenomenon for the blindness community. It was a company from a very short list that allowed consumers to interact with mainstream electronics as seamlessly as sighted counterparts, and gaining the ability to independently set up a device fresh out of the box provided final proof that we really had turned a corner in universal accessibility. But there is another giant who seldom gets the praise and spotlight it deserves in today's technology dialogue.

What You Need to Know About Dialogue Tags

Great authors make dialogue sound so seamless. I think that’s the idea, right? To forget you’re reading a story and feel like you might be eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation? Oh, hush. You know you’ve done it, especially when you’re standing in line and don’t have a smartphone to keep you distracted.